Heart & Sole

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Project Description

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For more information or questions please contact Allison Sinning at (605) 336-3660 or asinning@embe.org.

We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun experienced-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

Heart and Sole is a transformational physical activity-based positive youth development program for girls in 6th to 8th grades. We teach life skills through dynamic interactive lessons and running games. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K running event. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness.

The “Girl Wheel” is the central concept of the program and focuses on the whole girl.  In each lesson, girls participate in activities related to the Girl Wheel components – body, brain, heart, spirit and social. The wheel helps demonstrate the parts of themselves that impact their lives, their families, their schools and their neighborhoods. Girls learn to use the girl wheel to identify changes they would like to make within themselves and ways they can contribute to change around them.

Another element of Heart & Sole is the concept of small acts of kindness. It’s a way to help girls develop their empathy by noticing opportunities to be kind, appreciating these acts in their lives and engaging in these acts with those in their home, school and neighborhood.

Physical activity remains a core element of this new Girls on the Run program and includes strength and conditioning appropriate for this age group. The season culminates with the Heart & Sole 5K, which is the celebratory event that underscores the confidence, competence, cooperation and character they’ve been developing in the program and gives them a tangible sense of goal setting and achievement.

Girls on the Run is currently comprised of over 200 councils across the United States and Canada. We want girls to have the opportunity to participate in Girls on the Run or Heart & Sole wherever they live. If you are interested in bringing Heart & Sole to your school or community, please contact the Girls on the Run and Heart & Sole Program Coordinator at (605) 336-3660 or info@embe.org.

Here is a complete listing of Fall 2018 participating Middle Schools:

Sioux Falls – Memorial Middle School
Spearfish Middle School

If you are interested in having this program at your school next season, please contact the Council Director, Stacy Stahl, sstahl@embe.org.

Coaches need to be committed to a healthy lifestyle, be individuals that are a positive influence, and are committed to developing and celebrating our youth.

After school program: meets twice a week for 75 minutes, 10-week seasons. Sign-up for the Fall 2018 program. Locations in Brandon, Sioux Falls, Spearfish and Tea. Two coaches work together for each session. 4-6 coaches per school allow schedule flexibility.


Get In Touch

300 West 11th Street

Phone: (605) 336-3660

Fax: (605) 336-2238


Childcare Center
6:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sat Closed
Sun Closed

Fitness Center
Mon-Fri  5:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sat 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sun 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm


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